Endive Cups with Pancetta & Pomegranate

Crisp endives are stuffed with a savory-sweet pomegranate and pancetta filling

how to make an endive lettuce cup appetizerServing salad during appetizer hour can be a challenge. This Endive Cups with Pancetta and Pomegranate recipe is a quick and elegant solution. They can be hand held and consumed in two bites if you use smaller endives. If you prefer a more formal presentation, serve two or three endive cups as a plated salad course. Endive Cups with Pancetta and Pomegranate work equally well warm or at room temperature too, so they are perfect for parties or buffets.

If you’d like to skip the meat in this dish, substitute pecans for the pancetta. Then, dress the filling with a splash or two of lemon vinaigrette.

A note about pomegranates: the ruby-red kernels found inside pomegranates are called arils. The aril contains the pomegranate seed and the juice of the fruit too. They add loads of color and flavor to this dish! 

If you love pomegranates, try my Spiced Pomegranate Sangria and this Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Pomegranate BBQ Sauce.

If you’re a pear fan, my Pear & Roasted Beet Salad with Honey Vinaigrette is a showstopper (and delicious).

If you’re not a fan of Feta, or you love blue cheese, these are great with blue too. They are also fabulous without cheese at all, which makes them dairy-free and Paleo too.

ENDIVE CUPS WITH PANCETTA & POMEGRANATE

Serving salad during appetizer hour can be a challenge. This Endive Cups with Pancetta and Pomegranate recipe is a quick and elegant solution.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer recipes, pomegranate
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 30kcal
Author: K.C. Cornwell

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta sliced into strips
  • 1 cup chopped peeled and cored fresh pears
  • 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate arils
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese optional
  • 24 Belgian endive leaves about 2 heads

Instructions

  • In a large non-stick skillet heat the olive oil over medium, add pancetta to skillet and stir occasionally until crisp, about 8 minutes. While pancetta is cooking, toss the pear, pomegranate arils and parsley together in a medium sized bowl and season with black pepper. When the pancetta is ready, pour the contents of the skillet (fat included) over the pear mixture and stir to combine. Then add the feta cheese and toss

Notes

This appetizer can be served slightly warm or room temperature.
Make it dairy free & Paleo-friendly: omit the Feta Cheese

Nutrition

Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 61IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

photos by James Collier  and  Katie Roletto

Endive Cups with Pancetta & Pomegranate recipe